Dom­i­nant New Paltz claims Di­vi­sion I crown

Un­de­feated Sauger­ties tops Pough­keep­sie to im­prove to 7-0; Ron­d­out Val­ley grinds out home­com­ing win over Pine Plains

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

New Paltz High clinched the Class B Di­vi­sion I foot­ball title with a 60-22 victory over Red Hook on Satur­day.

Quar­ter­back Jimmy Ver­ney ran for three touch­downs and threw for an­other and the de­fense scored three TDs of its own Satur­day as New Paltz High clinched the Sec­tion 9, Class B Di­vi­sion I title by rolling to a 60-22 victory over Red Hook.

The (4-0, 6-1) Huguenots earned a bye in next week’s quar­ter­fi­nals. Red Hook (2-2, 5-2) will play at either Spack­enkill or James I. O’Neill in the play­offs Fri­day night.

Ver­ney opened the scor­ing with a 50-yard run, then Joey DiMarco re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 20 yards for a TD.

Af­ter Chris­tian Burda scored from 5 yards out, Ver­ney sprinted 38 yards for a touch­down then tossed a 19-yard strike to Brian Ken­ney to open a 34-0 lead in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“They took over the game early and, by the time we got our mo­tor run­ning, it was too late,” Red Hook coach Bill Stutz re­marked.

Nick Mor­ris­sey com­pleted 11-of-24 passes for 225 yards and two touch­downs and also ran for 53 yards and an­other score to lead the Raiders. His 8-yard TD to Matt Hosier got Red Hook on the board just be­fore half­time.

New Paltz, how­ever, in­ter­cepted Mor­ris­sey four times, in­clud­ing two for pick sixes. Ken­ney’s in­ter­cep­tion re­turn made it a 40-6 game mid­way through the third quar­ter.

Ver­ney broke loose for an­other long TD run, this one for 41 yards to com­plete his scor­ing hat trick. Ken­ney then scored again on de­fense, re­turn­ing a fum­ble 20 yards for a TD to make it 53-6 be­fore the third quar­ter was over.

Mor­ris­sey threw TD pass to Nick Cahill and later scored on a long run to help the Raiders close the gap to 53-22. Kenny Ver­ney capped the scor­ing for New Paltz with a 25-yard run.

Hunter Cole caught three passes fror 100 yards, Cahill two for 50 and Hosier two for 42 for the Raiders. Line­backer Alex Ne­sel had nine tack­les for Red Hook.

Sauger­ties 44, Pough­keep­sie 24

At Sauger­ties, (2-3, 2-5) Pough­keep­sie gave the un­beaten (5-0, 7-0) Sawyers prob­lems in the first half, but they dom­i­nated the sec­ond half.

Jack Hin­des ran for 133 yards and scored three touch­downs and Jimmy Ball car­ried for 118 and two TDs to lead Sauger­ties, which led only 14-12 at half­time.

Matt Bucci, who rushed for 96 yards and passed for 56, tossed a 20-yard TD to Hin­des and Ball ran for a score to open a 29-12 ad­van­tage in the third quar­ter.

Trevon Reid threw for 182 yards and two TDs and also ran for one to lead the Pioneers. His TD pass to Eza­kyle Smith started the fourth quar­ter. Af­ter Ball scored for the sec­ond time, Anta­wone West’s TD run for Pough­keep­sie closed the gap to 37-24 with 4:35 left. Hin­des’ late TD run clinched the win.

Bucci’s 10-yard TD had the Sawyers up 8-0 mid­way through the first quar­ter. Reid an­swered with a 20yard TD sprint, but Pough­keep­sie failed to con­vert a 2-point play.

Hin­des’ fum­ble re­cov­ery in the end zone had Sauger­ties ahead 14-6 with 1:22 left in the half. Reid ended the half with a TD pass to MoQuez Dick­ens, but the Pioneers again failed to con­vert a 2-pointer to tie.

Sauger­ties goes to (5-2) Corn­wall Fri­day night with the Class A reg­u­lar sea­son title and the top seed in the up­com­ing sec­tional tour­na­ment on the line. Ron­d­out 29, Pine Plains 12

At Ky­serike, Ron­d­out won its home­com­ing game with a solid out­ing over (16) Pine Plains.

Hunter Parks rushed for 146 yards and one touch­down and Matt Beam threw a TD pass to lead Pine Plains.

No in­for­ma­tion for Ron­d­out was pro­vided.

FREE­MAN FILE PHOTO

Jimmy Ver­ney rushed for three touch­downs and threw for an­other in New Paltz’s victory over Red Hook on Satur­day.

FREE­MAN FILE PHOTO

Jimmy Ball rushed for 118 yards and two touch­downs in the Sauger­ties’ victory over Pough­keep­sie.

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